Hip-hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis scored the most American Music Awards nominations today with six, besting even Taylor Swift and Justin Timberlake, so it’s no surprise their concert tickets are hot items.
Tickets for their upcoming trio of sold-out shows in Seattle are so hot, in fact, that Macklemore himself wanted a piece of the deal.
The “Thrift Shop” singer posted a video on YouTube of him employing a British accent to prank call a scalper he found selling tickets online for one of the shows at Seattle’s Key Arena.
“Hello I’m calling about the Craigslist tickets for the Macklemore show,” the rapper said, with Ryan Lewis sitting next to him.
“I don’t know if the bloke is worth 65 bucks a ticket,” said Macklemore, explaining to the women that he was trying to decide if his two nieces would be interested in the show.
“What’s even this bloke’s best song?” Macklemore asked.
“He’s got two of them actually,” the woman on the line said.
“Only two songs? Two-hit wonder,” Macklemore replied.
The woman’s interest got piqued as Macklemore mentioned Justin Bieber, and the rapper egged her on, asking what she’d do if she had tickets to the pop star’s show.
“You wouldn’t sell the Bieber tickets if you had them,” he said. “From what I hear, Bieber doesn’t even really matter that much anymore. Macklemore is, like, the thing.”
After telling the woman he’s there to “wheel and deal” her, Macklemore starts to get down to business, trying to negotiate her down from $65 per ticket.
After nearly seven minutes of back-and-forth with the woman, who would only go as low as $60 per ticket, Macklemore ended the game.
“I’m going to marinate on it,” he told her. “I think you missed out a bit because this is Macklemore.”
“No way,” the woman replied.
“I’ll see you in Seattle at some point,” Macklemore told her. “I’ll be on the Internet.”
The duo posted the video on their YouTube page, where it’s been viewed nearly 300,000 times, along with a link to their website and instructions to buy tickets from there.